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Comment: Re:Fuck it - everyone for themselves. (Score 1) 374

by mordenkhai (#49148617) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
I'm also a SMUD customer with a solar array. I pay SMUD about 9 cents per kWH in the winter, and they pay me the same for those produced on my end. In addition I have to pay a Line fee ($10-14) , and a solar surcharge ($2+) every month regardless of how much power I use. My first year after the solar was installed was this month. So my first annual bill I owe them $500 in power usage for the year. It was more than we expected, but we did add a new baby, someone is now home 7 days a week instead of 4 days, and a plug in hybrid car was added. Right now my only disappointment is that we didn't get a larger solar system to keep our annual bill closer to 0.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 232

by mordenkhai (#48294799) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?
Fixed the leak? I have to double check that I have the most updated version, but I am pretty sure I do and FF takes more RAM each hour it is open regardless of if I am actually browsing, or just leave it running while I game. I wish they would fix it. I have been tempted to swap to Chrome or even..... IE.....ewww.

Comment: Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (Score 1) 364

by mordenkhai (#47877623) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
Make no mistake, for the convicted... go for it. I have no problems at all when it is a punishment for a convicted person. Someone else mentioned it being installed in a convicted persons car, and that car blocking all phone in it. I can probably agree with that, as I can not ride in their car, or I can make fun of them for my phone not working in their car when I am passenger. I am just vehemently against blanket punishment for the innocent.

Its funny you mention movie theater, as there I would be fine with it. Private party, I don't own the theater, compared to my car and my phone, and I could choose to frequent a theater that didn't do it if it bothered me vs government forcing it on me. I probably would go to that theater though if it was the closest, I don't care if my phone doesn't work while I am watching a movie. I do care when I am a passenger in a vehicle.

Comment: Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (Score 1) 364

by mordenkhai (#47873641) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
If I am a passenger, then the government disabling my device is not ok. I haven't killed anyone while sitting on a bus, or a train or in a car while a passenger, therefore I shouldn't be punished for it. If you wanna stop DUIs why not go ahead and ban alcohol.... surely that would work right? Being upset at government power grabs is not the same thing as you getting drunk and then driving. If you think it is, perhaps you shouldn't have a license. If you really want your nanny state, just go ahead and make texting/calling while driving an offense equal to a DUI. Start pulling licenses and sending people to jail.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 364

by mordenkhai (#47873387) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
I was thinking about this and I think it is a good idea. Courts can confiscate your license, order a new one issued that says "No Alcohol" or something, and just have laws require ID for all purchases, all of them, so they are checked. However, I think were this in place, second offense needs to be total loss of driving license. I mean, you already got a second chance at driving. It would be interesting to see in action.

Comment: Re:This has to be a troll post (Score 3, Interesting) 173

by mordenkhai (#47036081) Attached to: AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion
I have had the opposite experience. Had DirecTV for 2 years, took them months to figure out why the HD channels had issues. Finally after I missed the last minute of a series finale for a personal favorite show I called and finally got someone who asked me to check satellite #2 signal, I didn't know there was a Satellite #2. The guy said "Yeah it is the HD feed". Sure enough, the dish hadn't been installed correctly. They came out and fixed it, but it was too late. As soon as my contract was up I left and tried Uverse, been good. Did a stint with Comcast as they entered the area with XFinity, and had a 50% off deal. After that, I am back at Uverse with no plans to leave.

Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 1) 399

by mordenkhai (#46083995) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules
I wasn't clear, by performance I meant more about attendance, and and past performance (previous years). A student who misses weeks of school just shouldn't matter as much as one who misses no days. Also a student who has had straight A's for years should be a heavier weight when they suddenly fall to D's than a kids who has skated by on C's and D's and continues to get them. Because I agree completely that tests end up gamed and pointless and in the end they distract from teaching subjects and become teaching tests.

Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by mordenkhai (#46077199) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules
Because none of those others who has to get a degree to become a professional have to deal with children. In addition I haven't heard of any CEO having his mother come to the board meeting and complaining that her boy isn't getting the job done because the board isn't helping him after work enough, while ignoring that little Steve Balmer has missed 10 days of work this quarter, and it still isn't his fault that people don't like Windows 8 UI designs.

Should there be some form of performance metric? Sure. It needs to be very carefully set up though, and the child's own performance needs to be a part of it as well as the parents. NO teacher is going to be able teach calculus to a kid who skips 2 days a week to babysit for his siblings because his parent(s) can't afford childcare. It also needs to be politics resistant, I don't want my kids teacher worried about their job because some new guy won an election. I want them worried about how to best teach the next chapter, and that is it.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil